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Ms Maria Kirkwood

Director of Catholic Education

Email: director@ceosale.catholic.edu.au
Phone: (03) 5622 6600

Bachelor of  Education;  Graduate Diploma Arts (Social Sciences);  Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (FACEL) 

Maria is an experienced educator having worked in Catholic education for 38 years. During that time Maria has been a classroom teacher, principal of two primary schools and worked in educational administration at a senior level for 18 years. Prior to joining the staff of the Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Sale, Maria provided strategic and practical advice and support to the Directors of Catholic Education in Melbourne and the dioceses of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale on a wide range of pastoral and professional standards issues as well as having management of staff groups overseeing Religious Education, Professional Learning, Pastoral Care and Student Wellbeing. Maria was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council for the Victorian Institute of Teaching (MACVIT), commissioned by the Victorian government,  which recommended the establishment of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a registration and regulatory body for the teaching profession in Victoria. Maria served on the interim and first Councils of the VIT as the representative of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Maria has also provided professional and pastoral support to primary and secondary school principals and, through the Vicar General’s office in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, support and professional development for priests and parish staff.

Maria has been a member of several school boards, a hospital board of management and is currently a member of the Good Samaritan Education Governing Council, the Passionist Congregation Formation Commission and Professional Standards Advisory Committee.

Maria commenced as Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale on November 1 2012.